Lawrenceburg man pleads guilty to wire and tax fraud

 

Date: January 10, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, man, Joseph G. Peavler admitted, in federal court on Friday, committing wire fraud and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return.     

Peavler pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves. In his plea agreement, Peavler admitted that between 2004 and 2018, he managed a warehouse owned by someone else and, during that time, he devised a plan to rent space in the warehouse to two separate entities, keeping the money for himself without knowledge or authority by the owners. That fraud scheme was furthered by interstate wire communications. Peavler also admitted to failing to declare this rent money on his tax returns, for each of the years he received the rent.                   

Peavler was indicted in October 2019.

Peavler is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. He faces up to 23 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000. However, any sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.